Re: First ever build for serious
Okay.. the best cpu you should get would be the 2500k.. The 2600k is wasted on gaming.
Nowe, currently in about 90% of games the i3 will be fine, however, games are become 4+ core capible so the i3 will be hampered.
BUT if on a budget, the i3 is great for now, and with a p67 board now, you have the futue ability to go for a better chip and overclock it, when cash is better AND you start having game issues.
The i5 quad is 60bucks more, so not knowing your money situation we can only give suggestions with pros's and cons. It will be a improvement, but precisely how much isnt really known to me.
No, i wouldnt spend the money on an aftermarket hsf. If you were overclocking, which isnt really possible on non k chips, or lived in a really hot area, its money unwisely spent on a tighter budget.
Home P is just fine.
Foldie = i7 950@ 4.0Ghz Gigabyte x58a-ud3r EVGA 970 SC Corsair H100 Corsair hx520 3x2gb OCZ Gold Corsair 650D
Woohoo = L5639 @3.1Ghz EVGA SR-2 gtx 260-216 Hyper 212+ Corsair 1050hx 6x2gb Corsair XMS3 Blackhawk Ulra
Alienware 18 - SLI 770M 4700mq 16Gig